We asked five questions about the Spartans defense prior to the spring season and now look back for answers.
Question One: Does the departure of Will Gholston hurt the Michigan State defense more than some think?
Answer: Gholston heads to Tampa Bay and will be missed. However, Shilique Calhoun and Joel Heath have the tools to step up and fill the shoes. Experience will be missed but with a veteran supporting cast around them, Spartan fans should not be too worried.
Question Two: Who will step into the spot left by cornerback Johnny Adams?
Answer: Trae Waynes proved during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to be on the verge of breaking out. This spring he didn't disappoint and posted five total tackles during the spring game with four being solo tackles. Teams picked on Adams last season and this year they'll have to look at Waynes and make a decision to test the talented corner.
Question Three: Can the Spartans interior line improve with the loss of Anthony Rashad White?
Answer: This will be the biggest area of concern for the Spartans defense when the 2013 season opens. James Kittredge and Tyler Hoover will both be looked upon to be improved and ready to help give those around them a chance to make plays.
Question Four: Can Pat Narduzzi put the Spartans defensive puzzle together in the spring to be ready for another top-notch defensive unit?
Answer: Yes!!! Narduzzi will have another top defensive unit from the looks of things. While it may be hard to match the numbers posted in 2012, there is still a lot of veteran talent to work with and mold together another top unit in the Big Ten.
Question Five: Where is the strength on the Spartans defense going to come from in 2013?
Answer: As we said in our original article the strength going into the spring and coming out of the spring will be the Spartans linebackers. Taiwan Jones looks ready for a bigger role and better results as a fulltime starter and posted 11 total tackles in the spring game. Everyone knows what Max Bullough brings to the table and a healthy Denicos Allen will give MSU a strong linebacker base to work with.